Having Baby use a pacifier can be a total lifesaver, but it’s hard to know which one will be preferred. And we'd all agree, the best pacifier is the one your baby will take, right? To get started, here’s some basic information about how to pick a pacifier (or two) for your baby.
The buzzword around the topic of pacifiers is “orthodontic.” What does that mean? Orthodontic means that both your baby’s top and bottom jaw are in the correct position when the pacifier is in their mouth, so it doesn’t interfere with jaw growth and development. As your baby grows, you will need to buy a bigger paci for 3 months+ or 6-12 months. Pediatric dentists recommend a pacifier has orthodontic considerations.
Generally, it is recommend to consider silicone over latex pacifiers because your baby could have an allergy to latex. Also, some babies don’t like pacifiers at all. You may try a few and find that the habit just doesn’t stick.
If you're breast-feeding, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends waiting to offer a pacifier until your baby is 3 to 4 weeks old, and you've settled into an effective nursing routine. Sucking on a pacifier, a bottle or mom’s nipple are three different actions involving dozens of muscles in your baby’s face. To reduce the risk of confusion, pediatricians recommend waiting until breastfeeding is well established—around three or four weeks old—before introducing pacifiers or bottles.
Here is one of our favorite pacifiers.
Meet the WubbaNub! WubbaNubs are small (and adorable) stuffed animals attached to the end of a Soothie pacifier. Genius, righat? It’s a pacifier your baby can grab ahold of and hang on to. The WubbaNub miraculously stays in your baby’s mouth for longer than half a second, which makes it an easy choice for parents. Plus, they are easy to spot in the diaper bag.
- The collapsible and symmetrical nipples respect the natural development of baby's palate, teeth and gums.
- This pacifier is a latex free, medical grade silicone pacifier. It is also BPA and Pthalate free.
- Recommended age is 0-6 months and/or babies without teeth (not suggested for the stage of teething).
- Soothie is made of soft, flexible silicone and is used in hospitals.